This video from the USA says about itself:
Caroline Elkins – Colonial War Crimes in Kenya: Prospects for Reconciliation.
Hugo K. Foster Associate Professor of African Studies, Caroline Elkins, discusses her first book, Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya.
From The Times in London:
December 3, 2008
Beatings and abuse made Barack Obama’s grandfather loathe the British
The President-elect’s relatives have told how the family was a victim of the Mau Mau revolt
Ben Macintyre and Paul Orengoh
Hussein Onyango Obama, Mr Obama’s paternal grandfather, became involved in the Kenyan independence movement while working as a cook for a British army officer after the war. He was arrested in 1949 and jailed for two years in a high-security prison where, according to his family, he was subjected to horrific violence to extract information about the growing insurgency.
“The African warders were instructed by the white soldiers to whip him every morning and evening till he confessed,” said Sarah Onyango, Hussein Onyango’s third wife, the woman Mr Obama refers to as “Granny Sarah”.
Mrs Onyango, 87, described how “white soldiers” visited the prison every two or three days to carry out “disciplinary action” on the inmates suspected of subversive activities.
“He said they would sometimes squeeze his testicles with parallel metallic rods. They also pierced his nails and buttocks with a sharp pin, with his hands and legs tied together with his head facing down,” she said The alleged torture was said to have left Mr Onyango permanently scarred, and bitterly anti British. “That was the time we realised that the British were actually not friends but, instead, enemies,” Mrs Onyango said. “My husband had worked so diligently for them, only to be arrested and detained.”
Mr Obama refers briefly to his grandfather’s imprisonment in his best-selling memoir, Dreams from My Father, but states that his grandfather was “found innocent” and held only for “more than six months”.
Mr Onyango served with the British Army in Burma during the Second World War and, like many army veterans, he returned to Africa hoping to win greater freedoms from colonial rule. Although a member of the Luo tribe from western Kenya, he sympathised with the Kikuyu Central Association, the organisation leading an independence movement that would evolve into the bloody uprising known as the Mau Mau rebellion.
See also here.
Why, oh why, this Times headline: “The President-elect’s relatives have told how the family was a victim of the Mau Mau revolt”? As the article shows clearly that Obama’s grandfather was not a victim of the Mau Mau revolt, but of the criminal way in which the British colonialists reacted to the anti colonial opposition.
A KENYAN court sentenced the scion of the country’s most prominent family of white colonists to just eight months in prison on Thursday for shooting dead a poacher on his vast estate: here.